W.H.O. Reopens Investigation Into COVID-19 Origins

Organization officials say the new team of scientists will take another look at the Wuhan lab leak theory.

W.H.O. Reopens Investigation Into COVID-19 Origins
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The World Health Organization is once again picking up its investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

The WHO is returning with a team of 20 scientists as the agency warns that time is running out to discover how the deadly pandemic began.

A worker in protective overalls and carrying disinfecting equipment walks outside the Wuhan Central Hospital

Intelligence Community: COVID-19 Origins Are Still Unclear

A recent report did confirm that Chinese officials were unaware of the virus before the outbreak began.


The WHO says it's possible that evidence, like blood samples, could soon be thrown away. The new team will still investigate whether the virus leaked from a Chinese lab, which the first crew reported was "extremely unlikely."